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{FD} Huge uptick in earthquakes predicted in 2018, as geologists note Earth’s rotation is slowing

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Two geologists may have spotted a surprisingly simple correlation that can help predict earthquakes—and if they’re correct, the Earth is on track for an uptick in major quakes next year. Continue reading

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{FD} Top cancer doctors have some advice about alcohol

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Name things that increase your risk of cancer. Continue reading

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{FD} Doctor makes shocking claim, first steps toward world’s first ‘head transplant’

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The first step in what USA Today says would be an “audacious” therapy reportedly took place in China Friday: the world’s first human head transplant, achieved with two corpses. Continue reading

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{FD} More than 2K pieces of the ‘Buddha’ found in box in China

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When Siddhartha Gautama, aka the Buddha, died 2,600 years ago, legend has it that he was cremated and his remains split up among eight royal families, then eventually dispersed to several different countries. Continue reading

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{FD} They were searching for an old infirmary and found treasure instead

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They were searching for an old infirmary. Continue reading

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{FD} Denver has bizarre law that prohibits you from declawing your cat

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Declawing cats is now prohibited in Denver. Continue reading

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{FD} Effort to save rare ‘panda of the sea’ instead kills one

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The goal was to make a move that could save a species; instead, it killed one of the last vaquitas left on the planet. Continue reading

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{FD} Trap door revealed secret Michelangelo room that public may soon be able to see

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For two months in 1530, Michelangelo hid in a secret underground room beneath the Medici Chapels, “fill[ing] the walls with drawings” to forget his fears, as he later recalled. Continue reading

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{FD} Explorer tweeted ‘don’t rescue me’—but now he’s missing

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On Oct. 11, Benedict Allen tweeted a couple of lines that now seem ominous: “Marching off to Heathrow. Continue reading

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{FD} Man pulled into wood chipper dies ‘within seconds’

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A man trying to do a favor for a family friend ended up dead in a tragic accident in Australia Sunday night that local authorities are calling one of the worst scenes they’ve come across. Continue reading

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{FD} 15,000 scientists just sent a dire ‘warning to humanity’

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Twenty-five years ago, 1,500 scientists signed a letter warning humanity that it needed to change its ways in order to save the planet. Continue reading

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{FD} Pendant linked to Anne Frank has reunited a family

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Chaim Motzen was intrigued when he read about a pendant excavated at a Nazi death camp with a possible link to Anne Frank. Continue reading

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{FD} Wild clip shows moment surfer breaks his back

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A big-wave surfer is already dreaming of getting back on his surfboard a day after breaking his back in what the Telegraph describes as “mountainous seas” off Nazare, Portugal. Continue reading

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{FD} ‘Reckless’ tradition leads to groom shot in the *********

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The man StepFeed calls “the most unfortunate groom ever” probably wishes he’d skipped his own bachelor party after a celebration in Egypt gone wrong. Continue reading

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{FD} Florida boy, 8, nearly killed by pencil

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Teacher Mandi Kapopoulos noticed a trail of juice in the hallway Nov. 1 at Equestrian Trails Elementary in Florida and followed it. Continue reading

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{FD} Doughnut shop robbery suspect gives victims consolation crullers

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A suspect robbing a Houston doughnut shop handed out doughnuts to customers whose cellphones he stole, the AP reports. Continue reading

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{FD} EPA OKs use of mosquitoes to kill mosquitoes

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A biotech startup has just gotten approval from the FDA to unleash a new weapon against potentially dangerous mosquitoes. Continue reading

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{FD} Lightning strike instantly kills two surfers

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A single lightning strike in Bali instantly killed two surfers on their boards, authorities in Indonesia say. Continue reading

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{FD} Study finds too little sleep is same for brain as too much booze

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When you don’t get enough sleep, parts of your brain are going to take catnaps the next day, even while you’re ostensibly up and awake, a new study suggests. Continue reading

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{FD} Japan’s ‘black widow’ sentenced to death by hanging

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Her murderous web won’t protect Japan’s “black widow,” who’s been sentenced to hang after a months-long trial. Continue reading

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{FD} Secret viewing of Chopin’s pickled heart provided answer to his death

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Frederic Chopin is buried in Paris’ famed Père Lachaise Cemetery. Continue reading

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{FD} Can’t stop thinking unwanted thoughts? This could be why

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Can’t stop thinking about that time you cried in front of a girl during a Tim Burton movie on your first and only date? Continue reading

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{FD} ‘Beast finally defeated’: A giant fatberg is no more

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It was longer than two football fields, weighed as much as nearly a dozen double-decker buses, and took nine weeks to annihilate—but the London fatberg is officially no more. Continue reading

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{FD} ‘A killer in the wild’ takes life of French jogger

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The residents of Gray, France, number just 5,000, but on Sunday some 10,000 people took to the streets there in Alexia Daval’s name. Continue reading

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{FD} Company rewards non-smoking employees for not taking cigarette breaks

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You might applaud this Japanese company’s new policy. Continue reading

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{FD} Fear for safety of Antarctic researchers as cracks in ice grow

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“What we are witnessing is the power and unpredictability of nature,” the BBC quotes Jane Francis of the British Antarctic Survey as saying. Continue reading

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{FD} Mysterious octopus invasion rocks beach in Wales

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It’s not quite the Norman conquest, but another invasion is worrying locals in West Wales. Continue reading

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{FD} Hunters take issue with Arby’s deer-meat sandwich

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After a year away, venison sandwiches were back on the menu at Arby’s for one day last week, but not everyone was happy about it. Continue reading

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{FD} Chocolate-covered heroin smuggled into US airport disguised as cakes

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A man has admitted smuggling chocolate-covered heroin on a flight from Guatemala to Newark Liberty International Airport, reports the AP. Continue reading

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{FD} Woman sues for $1.8M over hysterectomy, mastectomy

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An Oregon woman is seeking $1.8 million after she says multiple medical professionals misread test results, resulting in her getting a double mastectomy and hysterectomy last year, the Oregonian reports. Continue reading

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{FD} Ancient skull could belong to first known tsunami victim

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An ancient skull found in Papua New Guinea is evidence of early “human interactions with catastrophic events such as tsunamis,” researchers say—and in this case, the “interactions” likely involved “death by sand blasting, dismemberment, impact, and dro… Continue reading

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{FD} This bear’s tongue weighed as much as a newborn human

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Cat got your tongue—or maybe a bear? Continue reading

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{FD} ‘Idiots of the century’ swim into crocodile trap

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Authorities in Australia say they’re “gobsmacked” by the sheer stupidity of a group of men seen swimming to a crocodile trap in Queensland—and getting inside with the bait. Continue reading

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{FD} In rare move, China elevates Xi Jinping to status of Mao

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Prepare to hear the name Xi Jinping for years to come as a main player on the world stage. Continue reading

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{FD} One whiff of this blood molecule separates hunters from the hunted

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Scientists have zeroed in on a molecule in blood whose very scent triggers alarm in humans but also beckons predators. Continue reading

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{FD} Doctors baffled by woman who ‘sweats blood’

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You know there’s a problem if you start coughing up blood—but how to react when you start sweating blood? Continue reading

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{FD} Researchers see ‘horrific decline’ in insect numbers

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If it seems like there are fewer squished bugs on your windshield after long journeys than in years past, you’re not imagining things: Researchers say there appears to have been a steep and extremely worrying decline in insect populations in recent dec… Continue reading

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{FD} Utah man accused of helping teen kill herself: ‘It be awesome’

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What a Utah man should’ve done, at least per one friend’s advice, when 16-year-old Jchandra Brown told him she wanted to kill herself: talk her out of it. Continue reading

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{FD} Battle of the jaws: Study finds alligators eat sharks

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As far as research goes, it sounds pretty intense: pumping the stomachs of 500-plus alligators—”live and alert” ones at that. Continue reading

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{FD} The secret to perfect chocolate chip cookies? ‘It’s all in the pan-bang,’ says blogger

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“It’s all in the pan-bang,” baker-blogger Sarah Kieffer says of her unusual chocolate chip cookies. Continue reading

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{FD} High school forfeits football game after 9 players take blows to head

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A high school team in Canada forfeited a game Friday after nine players suffered head injuries, CBC News reports. Continue reading

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{FD} He ate a Krispy Kreme doughnut in his car, is now $37G richer

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Good Samaritan takes a friend to chemo: check. Continue reading

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{FD} 10-year-old boy falls over railing at Niagara Falls

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One family’s dream vacation at Niagara Falls turned into a nightmare over the weekend when a 10-year-old boy toppled off a railing and fell into a gorge. Continue reading

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{FD} Stanford professor getting death threats over ‘gaydar’ research

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“Our findings expose a threat to the privacy and safety of gay men and women,” wrote Michal Kosinski in a paper set to be published by the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology—only he’s the one now finding himself in danger. Continue reading

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{FD} Buried letter at Auschwitz finally unearthed, details horrors seen

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Auschwitz was liberated in January 1945; a couple of months before that, a Jewish prisoner secretly wrote a letter outlining the horrors he had witnessed, placed it in a thermos then a leather pouch, and buried it. Continue reading

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{FD} Fewer than 20 da Vinci paintings survive. This one will soon have a new fate

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A painting will hit the block at Christie’s in New York on Nov. 15, and it’s tough to say what’s more interesting: that it could fetch $100 million, or the story behind it. Continue reading

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{FD} Fentanyl, synthetic opioids claim top spot for US overdose deaths

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Fourteen people overdosed on heroin laced with fentanyl in a span of just four hours Wednesday in Camden, New Jersey, NBC Philadelphia reports. Continue reading

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{FD} Study finds good news for women who want an epidural

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Good news for women who want an epidural in the later stage of childbirth: Contrary to popular opinion, a new study finds epidurals do not prolong the second stage of labor. Continue reading

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{FD} One less reason to fear Great Whites in the Atlantic

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In what is probably good news for swimmers, new research shows great white sharks in the Atlantic Ocean swim deeper and farther out to sea than previously thought. Continue reading

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{FD} A teacher bailed a man out of jail. Then she disappeared

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The search continues in Arizona for a missing kindergarten teacher who vanished after bailing a man out of jail last week. Continue reading

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